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· Amy Glover

LFA Open Studio at Cullinan Studio

An immersive insight into our cooperative practice

As part of the month-long 2017 London Festival of Architecture, we opened our canal-side studios on Friday 16th June for a very enjoyable evening of tours, talks and technology.

From 5 to 8pm we welcomed over 150 visitors to our studio – some planned, some on the LFA Open Studio trail and some just curious passers-by from the busy towpath.

An exhibition about our Employee Owned practice and hourly ‘Pecha Kucha’ style talks on a handful of our recent projects kept visitors busy whilst they gathered for tours of our BREEAM Excellent retrofitted 19th century warehouse. And the Woodpecker drawing machine wowed onlookers as it sketched-out the original Cullinan Declaration, which begins “The design of buildings is a social act…”

Linda welcomes guests with a glass of wine

Carol gives a Pecha Kucha talk about the BFI Mediatheque project

The Woodpecker drawing machine

A building tour group making its way to the VR demonstration

The building tours ended with an immersive experience of one of our projects currently on site – the National Automotive Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick. Using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and hands, guests were able to virtually walk (and fly) around this 33,000sqm research building that will house over 1,000 academics, engineers and designers from Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre and WMG.

Brendan instructs a guest on how to use the virtual reality headset and hands

It was especially fortunate that our LFA Open Studio event coincided with the height the hollyhock season in our guerrilla towpath garden – and just in time for the Islington in Bloom judging. Fingers crossed!

Hollyhocks in bloom for our LFA Open Studio evening

Our hand-branded Cullinan tote-bags and home-baked cakes seemed to go down a treat – thanks for the donations, which we will be giving to local charity, Islington Giving.

A hand-branded Cullinan Studio tote-bag

Hannah 'clicked in' 156 guests

A four-legged visitor helped us to mop up the cake crumbs

Thank you to everyone who came along – we had a great time! 

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